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Mercedes puts Formula One tech in an electric hypercar

The AMG Project One Concept car takes the hybrid to over 1,000 horsepower.
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More and more supercars from the likes of Ferrari and Porsche are using electric motors to juice their torque. Mercedes-Benz wasn't about to be left out. It's just introduced the 1,000-horsepower AMG Project One ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show. The vehicle was built with the cooperation of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Formula One team.

Gallery: Mercedes-AMG Project One | 17 Photos

The hypercar pumps out 1,000 horsepower and has a top speed of 217 miles per hour using a turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 gas engine and four electric motors. It goes zero to 200 kilometers per hour (124 miles per hour) in less than six seconds (wow). But all that power does do a number on the battery: Its electric range is only 25 kilometers (15.5 miles).

And while it looks likes the driver will be flying solo, as in a Formula One vehicle, it actually has room for two. Because what's the point of a hypercar if you can't impress your friends with it?

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